Frequently Asked Questions


Warner answers some frequently asked questions...

•  1) What is Emotion With Detail?

•  2) What does it mean that your technique is "safe"?

•  3) What material do you use for scenes in class?

•  4) What are the typical class sizes?

•  5) How often will I get to work?

•  6) What are the expectations for rehearsal and homework time?

•  7) How long is a typical class?

•  8) Can I go directly into the Master Workshop?

•  9) I want to start Scene Study now! How do I expedite the Intensive?

•  10) I am just starting to focus on a career in acting, is this the right studio for me?

•  11) What happens if I book work and must miss class?

•  12) How do I schedule a make-up?

•  13) What do classes cost?

•  14) How much does private coaching cost?

•  15) How do you choose your teachers/coaches?

•  16) Anything else I should know?

 

1)   What is Emotion With Detail?

Emotion with Detail is a powerful tool in my drama technique used to create deep visceral connections to a character. It is not enough to simply understand a character's motivations or emotions from an intellectual standpoint. To achieve rich emotion reliably, repeatedly and safely, you also have to build the character's history emotionally. Emotion With Detail mirrors the way we as real people experience emotion physiologically - so that the character's emotional history lives within us and is safely compartmentalized and reliably accessible. Though it is just a piece of The Warner Loughlin Technique for Drama, some students refer to the Technique itself as Emotion With Detail.

2)   What does it mean that your drama technique is "safe"?

You do not have to harvest and manipulate and prostitute your own private pain in order to be a deeply emotional actor.   The use of personal substitutions may work for some actors professionally, but for most it becomes a burden personally.   They dig up all their pain and milk it and then wonder why they can't let it go at "Wrap!"   My drama technique allows you to access the character's pain - and because it isn't your own, you can reliably use it and then let it go!   I can't think of a more wonderful job than acting.   We get to show humanity what humanity is.   It should be joyful, not painful!

3)   What material do you use for scenes in class?

Students have the freedom to work on everything from sitcom to Shakespeare and find scenes from film, TV and theatre.   We have an extensive script library at the Studio and an open door policy regarding its use.   As the Scene Study classes are designed for working actors, we try to approximate a real working environment - accordingly scenes should be just a few pages and actors will do several takes with adjustments.

4)   What are the typical class sizes?

Because every student works during every class, I like to keep classes smaller than most studios.   Most of our classes range from 12-16 students.

5)   How often will I get to work?

Every student works every class.   My Studio, at every level, is about training working actors - exercising the muscles needed to do this extraordinary job.   One of the key muscles is the ability to quickly create, develop and embody new characters on a regular basis.   After all, we normally have less than a day to prepare most auditions, and for TV bookings we have less than a week to prepare the role.   I want you to be comfortable and confident with the speed at which this business runs.

6)   What are the expectations for rehearsal and homework time?

I designed my studio to serve the needs of working actors and to train the muscles specific to this industry. It would be nice if every episodic and feature had weeks of rehearsal with the star cast! But more often than not you show up and start shooting. For this reason, I ask my students not to rehearse with each other outside of class. That does not mean that the scenes should be cold. You'll do all your character work on your own, outside class - just like in the working world. The first time you fully perform the scene with your partner will be in class - again, just like in a real working situation. Rehearsing with your scene partner creates a dependency that just won't serve you. The actual amount of personal preparation time differs for each student and depends largely on the role they are preparing. Scenes should be "camera-ready" - fully developed, fully prepared, and obviously fully off-book. I expect you to give as much time as is required to bring your A-game every class.

7)   How long is a typical class?

Daytime & Evening scene study classes start promptly at 12pm & 7pm respectively and generally last 3 to 4 hours.   All students are expected to stay for the entire class unless they have previously discussed the matter with their teacher.

8)   Can I go directly into the Master Workshop?

This workshop is by invitation only. If you are a seasoned actor who is looking for a safe environment to work out between jobs, this is ideal for you. The workshop is intentionally small and comprised of working actors, like yourself who have the need to stretch and grow in a private setting. If you're in prep for your next film, or on hiatus from your show or just looking to develop a new aspect in your craft... you have a home here.  

9)   I want to start Scene Study now! How do I expedite the Technique Intensives?

You can arrange to do the Intensive privately based on your availability, though we encourage students to take the actual class and learn together as a group. Privates are a great alternative for clients with tricky schedules or special needs. Contact the office for more information.  

10)   I am just starting to focus on a career in acting, is this the right studio for me?

Yes! Our Foundation Class is designed to give you just that - a solid foundation to build your craft on. From exercises in visualization, storytelling, and improvisation to literal text work, this weekly class allows students the opportunity to connect to their creative side and explore what it means to be an actor. Teachers will work one-on-one with students to create an individual plan for growth in this intimate, supportive class environment.  

11)   What happens if I book work and must miss class?

This is a studio designed to serve the needs of working actors and we understand well the last minute nature of this business.   We are delighted when you book work and have a very liberal policy for making up missed classes.   If you book a job, notify your scene partner and the class monitor immediately.   You will be credited for a make-up class to be used at any time during your ongoing studies.   If you book work that requires you to take off a number of weeks, we have a system of "holds" and "leaves of absence" in place.   For complete policy information regarding make-ups, holds and leaves, please refer to your Student Information Packet.

12)   How do I schedule a make-up?

Please contact the monitor for the class you wish to do your make-up in at least a week in advance.   They will help you find a scene partner.

13)   What do classes cost?

Scene Study Classes for both Drama and Comedy as well as our Foundation Class are ongoing and are billed in four-week cycles at $325/cycle.

The Warner Loughlin Technique Intensives for Drama and Comedy are $250. Contact the office for more information and rates for a private Intensive.  

14)   How much does private coaching cost?

A hour with Warner is $250, and one hour with a Staff Coach is $135. If you are currently enrolled in ongoing Scene Study classes, there is a discount for coaching sessions with Staff Coaches. For more information about pricing, including on-set and on-location coaching, please contact the main office (310-360-0077). 

15)   How do you choose your teachers/coaches?

Every teacher at the Studio has previously studied the techniques over a number of years. Each has completed a year long and comprehensive Teacher Training Program. Upon completion of the program, each one enters into a trial period where he or she begins a series of co-teaches with a Senior Accredited Teacher. And if successful, is accredited as a Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Technique Instructor.  

16)   Anything else I should know?

The key to success in my studio is the same as the key to success in life - have a good attitude, be ready to work hard and challenge yourself, and be open to the experience!   I have spent many years cultivating the tone and culture of my studio - and I can freely say "we got it right!"   There is no place for ego, yours or mine, in this studio.   This is a place where like-minded artists can come together and practice their craft in a supportive and safe environment.